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Construction underway for new BGSU crime lab

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The field where the new lab is going up. The field where the new lab is going up.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bulldozers and earth movers are busy at work on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Construction is underway for the new state-of-the-art BCI lab on campus.

The $11.9 million, 30,000-square-foot facility was announced earlier this year. It will serve law enforcement agencies in 22 Ohio counties. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab will replace the current Bowling Green lab that was opened in 1997.

The lab will be used to test and analyze ballistics, fingerprints, polygraphs, DNA and rape kits. Attorney General Mike Dewine is hoping the extra testing lab will help the state catch up on thousands of backlogged rape kits.

The new lab will also serve as a classroom for the university, hosting undergraduate forensic classes. It is expected to be open by the fall of 2014.

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